WHEN IT COMES TO TRAVEL, would you rather munch on scones in the gardens of Versailles or would you prefer traipsing through the muddy waters of the Mekong? Do you see yourself sipping coffee and eyeing cute strangers at corner cafés or do you dream of cycling through the mountains, relying on the kindness of locals and the universality of hand signals?
You might have set plans and desires of where and how you want to travel, but more often than not, travel picks us. A friend offers a couch, a job assignment pops up in a place you never imagined going to, and you’re left with an opportunity to go to a place or immerse yourself in a situation that never appealed to you before. And when that happens, go. Leave your assumptions and preconceptions at the door. Here’s why: